Field Hockey Edged by Keene State, 3-2

Field Hockey Edged by Keene State, 3-2

Oct. 31, 2009

Final Stats

KEENE, NH-In their bid for the Little East Conference outright regular season championship, the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's field hockey team ran out of time against host Keene State in the final Little East Conference match of the season at the Owl Athletic Complex Saturday. Keene State goalkeeper Vicki Stoessel stopped a penalty stroke by UMD junior forward Stephanie Kinchla (Falmouth, MA/Falmouth HS/Quinnipiac) with 28 seconds remaining, and the Owls held on for a 3-2 victory that gave them first place and the top seed in the upcoming LEC Tournament.

The Corsairs had cut the KSC lead to a single goal when Kinchla was fouled and awarded the stroke. But Stoessel deflected the strike and the Owls ran out the clock.

Chelsea Blackmer scored at 5:22 and assisted on Carly Benning's goal at 13:05 to put the Owls ahead early. But Freshman defender Taryn Cardiel's (Moorpark, CA/Moorpark HS) goal off a pass from senior midfielder Kylie Treat (Hampstead, NH/Pinkerton Academy) off a penalty corner made it 2-1 with 9:34 remaining in the first half. But Benning scored again with 5:06 left in the first half to make it 3-1 at the intermission.

The Corsairs came back, getting a goal from freshman forward Eleanor Taylor (Fairhaven, MA/Bishop Stang HS) off a pass from freshman forward Erica Allan (Amherst, MA/Amherst HS) at 51:29, and then pressing for the equalizer but being denied at the end.

"The adjustment to the Astroturf at the beginning turned out to be more of an adjustment for our defense than for our offense," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Nicole Castonguay. "Any time you play Keene on their home field, a 2-0 lead is a big lead. Both teams fought hard, and we put major pressure on them in the second half, but it was too little, too late. Sometimes, you can play the best you can for 95 per cent of the game, but a few things can result in a score for the other team and a loss. It wasn't meant to be today. Our only focus now will be Tuesday, as we need to continue to do what we need to do and win."

The Corsairs out shot the Owls, 30-16. Junior goalkeeper Seana Golden (Somerset, MA/Bishop Feehan HS) made 10 saves for UMD, while Stoessel made 13 stops for KSC.

UMass Dartmouth dropped to 12-6 and 9-2 in the Little East Conference with the defeat, while Keene State improved to 16-4 and 9-2 with the victory. The Corsairs, Owls, Framingham State and Fitchburg State finished in a four-way tie for first place in the LEC, and UMD was seeded second as a result of a tie-breaker. The Corsairs will host Plymouth State in a first-round playoff game Tuesday.